A poem by Bee Asha that explores how our awareness of physical touch has changed in lockdown, our inner anxieties left untold and the dramatic reactions that can come from such an unprecedented situation.
3+ On Having a Portfolio Career by Krishan Coupland So. What do you do? It’s a question so common that […]
8+ To the Scottish Literary Sector, At Scottish BAME Writers Network, we are constantly evaluating how effective our programming, opportunities, […]
Throughout Book Week Scotland 2020, we will be sharing daily writing prompts curated by writer and creative, Raheema Sayed. Join us each day from Nov 16-22, 2020 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our website for inspirational prompts to write with joy, hope, and centre well-being.
2+ As part of our Metaphors for a Black Future programme, we have partnered with Historic Environment Scotland to commission […]
I go to the bathroom to splash my face, prolonging the inevitable. Instead, I curl up on the bathroom mat and let out short gasping sobs. An old acquaintance comes again. Some other distant part of me wishes someone had informed Anxiety about social distancing.
My excuse for forgetting birthdays has always been that I’m busy. In the world before, I travel for work. I live between several countries, am part of several extended families on three continents. I remember the A5 format menu plan sellotaped to the wall in my mother’s kitchen. She ran her busy constituency office from the cane chairs arranged on the front verandah of our house, but the menu plan was the core structure by which she organised our lives. I came to believe when I’d learned every dish on that list my mother’s work on earth would be done. So naturally I refused to learn how to cook.
It’s funny, how my parents usually know that it’s raining in Edinburgh before I do. They are avid weather app users and will provide daily weather reports during our WhatsApp calls. My mum will exclaim “it was so warm today in Datca; we couldn’t leave the house to even go to the beach!” She’ll then follow the exclamation with a timid and consolatory tone, telling me that they’ve already checked the weather for me…
0 This October, during Black History Month, Scottish BAME Writers Network launch Metaphors for a Black Future, curated by Martha […]
Scottish Black Writers Group is a new, free writers group facilitated by our Co-Director Dean Atta and in association with Scottish PEN. It is a monthly meetup open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.
This workshop explores the concept of pluralism within the self, with a focus on language, embodied cultures and cultural plurality.